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The planet of the geeks have had a busy weekend. The AsiaPOP Comicon arrived in Manila and enthralled fans of different geekdoms at the SMX Convention Center. Those who chose to stay at home got to try out Overwatch for free, with their progress carrying over if ever they decide to purchase the game. Amidst all of these happenings, there were two teams have brought home the finished first in international Mobile Legends and CrossFire competitions.
Gunning for gold
In recent years, Pacific.Macta has proven their skill in first-person shooters. Their success culminated with their championship in the CrossFire Global Invitational 2018, held in China this Sunday. Pacific.Macta earned the right to represent the country after winning a series of qualifiers, where they fought against the likes of TNC CrossFire Team, Execration Reborn GT and SteelWolves Hellion, among others. They have also previously represented the country in the Cross Fire Stars 2017, where they finished third.
Pacific.Macta emerged victorious against North American Team Carbon in a Best-of-5 series. They bring home $50,000 (~Php2,650,000) and a trophy to commemorate this historic win.
Meanwhile, closer to home was the Mobile Legends Southeast Asian Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. Concluding just before CFGI did, the Grand Finals of the Mobile Legends tournament saw two Filipino teams head-to-head. Digital Devils and Aether Main rose above the competition. The latter, which was recently picked up by local esports organization Bren Esports, emerged as champions. Aether Main took home the grand prize of $42,476 (~Php2,251,228). Both teams received warm adulation from their fans back at home.
Filipino teams are slowly starting to reign supreme in international competitions. However, it’s not the first time that the Philippines had competed internationally. Filipinos have been competing in Hearthstone, Dota and League of Legends as well. TNC Predator qualified to The International 8 for the third year in a row, representing the country in the biggest annual esports tournament in the world. TNC CSGO is likewise starting to gain some ground in the international scene, with just one step away from qualifying in the MSI Gaming Arena in China.